White House conference to address bullying

March 9, 2011 at 7:31 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have addressed the issue of bullying in a Facebook video, the White House said.

"For a long time, bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up," Obama said in a video on the StopBullying.gov Web site in advance of Thursday's White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, an administration release said Wednesday.

Bullying is an issue that "affects every single young person in our country," the president said in the video. "More and more, we're seeing how harmful it can be for our kids, especially when it follows them from school to their phone, to their computer screen."

The president and first lady, along with representatives from the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, will host parents, teachers, students, community leaders and others at the conference.

There will be a live video feed of the conference throughout the day on WhiteHouse.gov/live, which will include online chats where people can discuss bullying with experts on the subject, the White House said.

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